Rumors never traced down department
Retrieved from today's memory banks is one of those things classified as Hollywood rumors I'd heard ten, fifteen years ago when I was nowhere near Hollywood and had nothing to do with the industry. Actually, I can't even remember where or when I heard this.
If you've read the Back to the Garden story from the LA Times below, you might marvel at this, as I frankly don't know if it's true or not and the worse truth is, I don't even care: Dave Geffen had grown so wealthy from his investments that he gave Jackson Browne all his royalties back, i.e., all the revenue that Geffen's enterprises had made from Jackson's music on Asylum (all the way up to the point where Geffen sold the company).
Hearing about that rumor (suggesting a form of exceptional generosity) could make a person regard Dave Geffen a bit differently, as the person was in a way insisting to me "David's not all bad." If that is a true story, what would have prompted such an expression of such an exceptional generosity?
I'll likely never know, never having been introduced to or even meeting or speaking with either person in question.
The only other thing I know is a rumor from 1971 Jolly Old England, when Dave Geffen was said to have come for a visit and was said to like the English tradition of private clubs (which coming from his element of Hollywood and Hollywood media almost any person could understand why he would be drawn to that form of exclusivity). The only thing I know for certain about him because I once saw a picture in a magazine is that he literally built and lived in a glass house.
(p.s. when I first heard Barney had departed for Los Angeles for this project, which I learned only because I subscribed to a London rock n roll e-list with a zillion other people, I was interested in following the progress of his project. I did this even knowing I might never read the book he was in the process of preparing. "Oh, be careful" I'm sure people said to him, as if he were embarking to cover a controversial warzone. Long about the time I guessed the galley proofs were circulating, a newspaper I read online pronounced that Barney Hoskyns had been a heroin addict. So in reading that, I guessed somebody somewhere didn't like something in the book, and that smacked of Hollywood media to me.)